Friday, June 11, 2010

Article: Netanyahu Praises Troops For Flotilla Raid

This article by Edmund Sanders was published June 3, 2010. It is a shorter version of an article on the Chicago Tribune web site at,0,3243559.story.

Opinion: The article begins with a value judgement of acts of the Israeli prime minister: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a vigorous, unapologetic defense Wednesday of his government’s deadly raid of a protest flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip."

Misleading. Half-Truths. Omission: The article refers to Israel killing "nine activists," omitting the fact that they were paid mercenaries.

Opinion. Bias: " &ellips; did little to appease critics who say Israel used excessive force." This gives an opinion about the effect of Netanyahu's words. It is also biased, creating the impression that there is validity to the accusations of Israel's critics.

The article did accurately quote Netanyahu pointing out "This was not a love boat. … It was a boat of hate."

Opinion: "Monday’s early-morning raid has turned into one of the biggest diplomatic challenges Netanyahu has faced since taking office a little over a year ago."


Factual Accuracy: 10
Bias-Free: 7
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 5

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